Butler leads the Pioneer League in scoring offense (33.1 ppg) and total offense (400 ypg). However, the Bulldog defense and special teams also deserve praise after Saturday's 14-7 win against Davidson. Butler improves to (8-0) their best start since 1961.
Davidson didn't figure to pose much of a problem as they entered play with a 2-5 record. However, the Wildcats tied the game at seven in the third quarter thanks to Kenny Mantuo's nine-yard touchdown run.
The Butler defense did its job the remainder of the second half, thanks in large part to the punting exploits of freshman Michael Wilson. He successfully landed three straight punts inside the 11-yard line, but one of them won't soon be forgotten by those at the Butler Bowl Saturday.
Davidson put a heavy rush on Wilson and blocked his attempt midway through the third quarter, but the punt went right back to Wilson, he regained his composure, and got the kick off, landing it on one-yard line.
"They (Davidson) timed it up, got a good jump on it, I was worried they were coming from the right side, but the big hogs up front gave me some time to get it off, so good cover again," commented Wilson after the game.
The game play-by-play describes the punt in this unique fashion:
Bu 4-1 at Bu39 WILSON, Michael punt BLOCKED, recovered by BU 91 at BU30, WILSON, Michael punt 60 yards to the DAV1, downed (blocked by Nick Savarino).
While Wilson admitted later, he still doesn't know if a "double-kick" is legal, he and the Dawgs were happy to sing the Butler fight song to the 2,568 fans in attendance.
Butler's game-winning drive, started at the two-yard line with 8:26 to play in the fourth quarter. The eleventh play of the drive was a one-yard touchdown run from Huck, which came right after his 17-yard QB scamper.
"Once you get that first first-down, things start rolling a little bit and we were able to make plays on third downs," said Huck, who finished with 136 yards passing and 84 yards rushing.
The Bulldog defense made two final stops preserving the victory, helping Butler clinch it's eighth consecutive victory in 2009.
Butler now embarks on a two-game road trip which will determine their Pioneer League Championship chances, the Bulldogs travel to Dayton November 7th, followed by a November 14th trip to Jacksonville. Butler closes out the 2009 regular season at home against Drake November 21st.
Unbeaten Bulldogs: Butler Improves to 8-0
Butler Wins Hard-Fought Pioneer League Football Game Against Davidson, Huck Scores Game-Winner
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